Dr Damon Bolton
Associate Lecturer
Field of Research: 
Marine Ecology, Aquaculture
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 2014
Level 5 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

My background research is in marine ecology, specifically, altered predation pressure in urban marine environments. My PhD focussed on how biotic and abiotic factors can influence fish predation on sessile hard substrate assemblages. I have since joined A/Prof Jes Sammut and his aquaculture team, exploring the role aquaculture can play in sustainable livelihoods and food security. Other research with this team involves developing better feed formulations to increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of aquaculture.  

In the Media:

Article: Bright city lights are keeping ocean predators awake and hungry


  • GEOS3911 Environmental Impact Assessment (Course Convenor)
  • GEOS3921 Coastal Resource Management (Course Convenor)
  • MSCI2001 Introductory Marine Science (Guest Lecturer/Demonstrator)
  • BIOS6692 Advanced Underwater Field Ecology (Demonstrator)


Novel in situ predator exclusion method reveals the relative effects of macro and mesopredators on sessile invertebrates in the field. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 513:13-20, April 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2019.02.002 

Caught between a rock and a hard place: Fish predation interacts with crevice width and orientation to explain sessile assemblage structure.  Marine Environmental Research, May 2018.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.03.001

Coastal urban lighting has ecological consequenes for multiple trophic levels under the sea. Science of The Total Environment 576:1-9, January 2017. 

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